Trelawney Hart is the tragic hero in this beautifully written psychic mystery. When famous writer and spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle asks him to investigate the ‘Broadstairs Miracle’, he begrudgingly accepts. Drowned in self-indulgence and cherry brandy, he sets out to expose the event as misdirection and trickery. Once there however, he witnesses events that even he can’t explain. In Conversations with Spirits, Higgins paints a vivid and lingering picture of 1917 Broadstairs, filled with intriguing characters, strange happenings and an unlikely friendship. Expect surprise, tender moments and laugh out loud humour from the first page. For me, finishing this book was a bittersweet mix of satisfaction with sadness that it had to end. A fantastic read.